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Larry's Party

by Carol Shields
narrator R.H. Thomson

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list price: $35
category: Fiction
published: 2006
imprint: BTC Audiobooks

At 26, Larry Weller thinks his future lies in flowers. He still lives at home, has a new career as a floral designer, and a girlfriend about whom he is somewhat ambivalent. What Larry is about to discover is that life is never a straightforward path. His girlfriend becomes pregnant. They marry and set off for their honeymoon in England where Larry stumbles upon what will become his greatest passion in life. He takes up the creation and construction of meticulous mazes, which leads him down blind alleys and dead ends, failed marriages and changing expectations. It all comes together in an unforgettable dinner party in this warm and witty coming-of-middle-age novel. Published four years after The Stone Diaries, Larry's Party won the UK's Orange Prize for fiction and is one of Carol Shields's most critically successful works. Published in numerous editions by Penguin, the book has now sold more than 100,000 copies in the United States alone. This audio recording, first released in audiocassette in Canada in 1998, received wide critical acclaim in its original edition.

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"An ideal audiobook for mature listeners." A+ Audiobooks Rankings

"The author's dissection of Larry (the solipsist's psyche) is helped along in this audio release by the adept reading of Genie-winning actor R.H. Thomson . . . this recording benefits from Thomson's cool, well-trained voice. There are no lilting cadences here, or perfectly affected accents, just immaculate timing and phrasing.' — Quill & Quire

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About the Authors

Carol Shields

Carol Shields compte parmi les auteurs les plus éminents et honorés de la tradition littéraire canadienne. Elle remporte le prix du meilleur roman de la Canadian Authors’ Association pour Small Ceremonies en 1976, le prix Pulitzer en 1995 pour son roman The Stone Diaries et, en 2002, le prix Charles-Taylor pour son essai littéraire Jane Austen.
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R.H. Thomson

R.H. Thomson is one of Canada's most respected actors of stage and screen. He has appeared in leading roles at most major Canadian theatre companies, including title roles in Hamlet, Cyrano de Bergerac, and Glenn (a play based on the life of celebrated pianist Glenn Gould). The recipient of numerous awards, including several Gemini and Dora Mavor Moore awards, he is best known for his work in film and television, including the role of Jasper in the long-running television series Road to Avonlea.
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